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Huawei released both smartphones at the same time: in March 2019.
In this article, we see how the P30 and the P30 Pro compare to each other to help you decide and see which one of these is the right one for you.
Do consider avoiding the P30, as it isn't getting any security updates.
For additional information regarding our smartphone comparisons, check this FAQ.
to check who their rivals are.
|Release Date||2019, March||2019, March||0y.|
|OS Updates||2 years||2 years||0y.|
|Security Updates||2 years||2 years||0y.|
*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.
You won't find a winner here, as both share the same Geekbench 5 score. Basically, you wouldn't be able to tell the difference.
It's safe to say that both of them can be tagged as lower high-end.
|SoC||Hisilicon Kirin 980||Hisilicon Kirin 980|
|Graphics||Mali-G76 MP10||Mali-G76 MP10|
|Geekbench 5 Score||2406
|OS||Android 9 (Pie) and EMUI 10||Android 9 (Pie) and EMUI 10|
*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.
They ended up with identical scores, so you have to decide for yourself.
If you're leaning towards the P30, 85% of its rivals can play HDR content, 92% have an AMOLED screen, and 77% have an Always-On display. At the same time, only 19% of them feature Gorilla Glass 6 or Victus.
Regarding the P30 Pro, I should say that 88% of its rivals can play HDR content, 96% have an AMOLED screen, and 92% have an Always-On display.
|Display Density (DPIs)*||vs.|
|Dots per Inch||422.49
|Peak Brightness||635 nits
*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.
Overall, I'm sure the Huawei P30 Pro has a better camera.
About the P30: I would've loved it if DXOMARK reviewed this camera, but we can place it at around 97* points. Then, if you consider the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, it can go up to 110** points.
PS: you should know that all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more and have an ultra-wide-angle lens.
What this picture-taking powerhouse is known for in the tech world is it's 50x hybrid zoom. While not being as good as a genuine 50x optical lens, thanks to AI, it is much better than the traditional digital zoom.
About the P30 Pro: DXOMARK has rated this camera with a score of 122. Plus, combining with the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, this score goes up to 137** points. You can click here to check it out.
Last (but not least), if you must know, just like the other device, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K and have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and 96% feature Optical Image Stabilization. Additionally, only 24% of them feature a macro lens.
If you're not a numbers person, we can tag the P30 more as an upper mid-range and the P30 Pro as high-end.
Additionally, the P30 Pro zoom lens is 64mm above what you'll commonly find on related-priced phones.
*DXOMARK knows how to test these shooters out. Too bad some cameras don't have a chance to be tested. So whenever I come across one such camera, I consider every camera spec and give an approximated score. You should give it a borderline margin of error of 2 points.
**Please take this with a grain of salt, particularly on mid-end cameras with less than 40MP and no zoom lens. They just revised their formula, and there aren't enough reviewed cameras to extrapolate a backward-compatible score.
|Primary Camera||P30||P30 Pro|
*Reference: 100: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra.
|Extra Camera(s)||P30||P30 Pro||vs.|
|Lens||80mm (3x zoom)
||125mm (5x zoom)
|Lens Type||Telephoto lens||Telephoto lens|
|Selfie Camera||P30||P30 Pro||vs.|
The P30 Pro does stand out because of its water resistance.
The P30 Pro is 27 g. (1.06 oz) heavier than its sibling, which sits at 165 g. (5.82 oz). If you're curious, I've developed a formula for a kind of "display size to phone weight" ratio. The P30 got a score of 6.7, which means a pretty nice weight for a 6.1 inches screen. Having said that, the P30 Pro has 4.5, so nothing to state here.
The P30 Pro truly is water-resistant. It can be submerged 1 to 3 meters deep. Remember that it shouldn't be for over half an hour, and it's in standby mode only. So don't take photos underwater.
|Size||149 x 71 x 7 mm
(5.26 x 2.50 x 0.25 in)
|158 x 73 x 8 mm
(5.57 x 2.58 x 0.28 in)
|Weight||165 g. (5.82 oz)
||192 g. (6.77 oz)
|Build||Front and back glass||Front and back glass|
|Colors||Aurora, Breathing Crystal, Amber Sunrise, Black, and Pearl White||Aurora, Breathing Crystal, Amber Sunrise, Misty Lavender, Pearl White, Black, and Mystic Blue|
|Screen To Body Ratio||86.34%
|Disp.Size To Weight Score||6.7||4.5||-2.2|
|Biometrics||Under Display Fingerprint||Under Display Fingerprint|
*100% = 4+ colors + front and back glass + S2BR: 86+%.
The P30 does have a smaller battery, with 3650 mAh, while the P30 Pro has 4200 mAh. But as claimed by GSMArena, there's no real difference between them.
You should know that the P30 Pro also does overcome pretty much every phone out there. Just check out our best-of listing.
Quick charging is reasonably speedy with the P30 Pro's charger. Other devices from this price range usually sit at nearly 30w.
|1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video||83% left
|1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video||69% left
|1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video||71% left
|Bat. To Phone Size Score||7.1||5.3||-1.8|
*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.
None of them has.
|Micro SD||Nano Memory (shared SIM slot)||Nano Memory (shared SIM slot)|
*Internal Storage + 256GB Memory Card (Max: 512GB).
The P30 is your better option, as it features a headphone jack.
Both have a single network variant: LTE. If you really want to give 5G a try, you should also check the Oppo Find X3 Lite.
Here are the prices that we've come across recently:
Huawei P30 Pro
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How much of a "phone" can your money buy?
That's how much "score" you can get with $100 based on the global score that you'll see in the next section (higher is better).
Have you found better prices elsewhere? The formula is simple: score/price*100.
|Value for money||P30||P30 Pro||VS|
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Are you also considering other options? The global score can help. But first, let's see where its rivals are. The P30 class is at 6.3, and the P30 Pro 6.9.
Is the P30 camera enough for a photography enthusiast? Well, that's the $200 question that you may be facing. That's what you save if you can live with 3x of optical zoom (which is most that the average phone will give you).
Don't get me wrong, the P30 also has a hybrid combination that can give you a zoom of up 30x, but it really isn't the same.
Because this isn't a camera battle only, you'll also get a bigger screen with the P30 Pro and amazingly fast charging, and fast wireless charging, but that's about it.
One thing that shocked me was the lack of a Gorilla Glass protection on their full-glass body. That's just too dangerous to live with.
|#5||Battery Life||Fast Charging|
|#6||Fast Charging||Wireless Charging|
|#7||MicroSD Slot||MicroSD Slot|
|#2||Glass Protection||3.5mm Jack|
|Global Score||P30||P30 Pro|
Scroll the sliders down below to get your own personalized score. Let's suppose you value performance and battery life, and you don't really care about anything else. Then, just set the "Performance" and the "Battery" sliders up to 5 (5+5=10), and then the other sliders down to 0. You'll know what's the best phone for you.
|Total||Should be 10 or as close as possible:||9.6|
*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.
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